The views onboard are awe-inspiring - you’re likely to be glued to the vistas as the ferry crosses the Cook Strait then ducks into the Marlborough Sounds.
The picturesque sounds are a sprawling paradise of islands and peninsulas, with steep bush-clad hills and calm bays. The ferry slows down as you enter the sounds, giving you plenty of time to try and spot local wildlife like orcas, dolphins and fur seals. The Marlborough Sounds are a slice of New Zealand’s natural beauty, and the best way to see them is by sailing through.
The ships’ huge outdoor decks are ideal for keeping an eye on the scenery, but you can watch from the indoors, too. If you want a glass of famed local sauvignon blanc in hand while you stare gobsmacked at the views, go ahead - the onboard cafe offers some Kiwi classics as well as modern fare, and New Zealand wine and beer to go with it.
If you’d rather cosy up and get a bit of culture, the Interislander has got you covered. All sailings have movie theatres onboard, a licensed café or bar where live bands sometimes play and there are play areas for the kids as well. Booking an Interislander Plus lounge upgrade gives you all the comfort of home, and some sailings also have cabins if you’re in need of some shuteye before a long drive.